New York Philharmonic Forms President’s Council

Mike Lawson • News • July 29, 2016

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The New York Philharmonic has established the President’s Council, a new donor leadership group that will support the Philharmonic’s programs in New York and around the world.

The council will engage with the Philharmonic’s leadership, including President Matthew VanBesien; the Board of Directors, chaired by Oscar S. Schafer; and senior-level administrators to help shape and support the future of the Orchestra. The newly formed group will be chaired by Amanda Brainerd; Stephanie Sirota, former President of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic; and J. Christopher Kojima, a current member of the Philharmonic’s Board.
“I am extremely pleased that the President’s Council has been formed. I am looking forward to working with the leadership and all of its members as we chart the future of the New York Philharmonic during this pivotal moment in the Orchestra’s history, as we have much to do with all of our artistic initiatives as well as the re-imagination of David Geffen Hall,” said Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer.
“The goal of the President’s Council is to provide not only an entry point for those interested in getting more involved with the New York Philharmonic, as well as bridge the gap between the Young New Yorkers for the New York Philharmonic and the Board of Directors, but also to provide a way for new supporters to directly engage with what we’re doing and help shape our future,” said Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien. “We want the members of the President’s Council to come to us with ideas to help invigorate the institution at all points. Having a vibrant, diverse group of younger professionals will be crucial to leading the Philharmonic into this next, exciting phase of its future.”

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